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Replacing Sliding Screen Doors

Clear Choice Window Cleaning service, based in Carlsbad, is now happy to offer customscreen door replacement. We build screen doors to match any door size. Clear Choice Window Cleaning provides custom-sized screen doors at less cost than most providers and we use better materials than our competetors.

Standard sliding glass door sizes are less common in the modern home so we have adapted to meet the demand for custom sized screen doors. Ours is a complete service, from measuring the door frame to installing the new sliding screen door. Our doors are top quality featuring sturdy frames and metal wheels for an easy glide. By using quality material to build our sliding screen doors we solve the common problems that home owners experiance with screen doors: doors that do not slide well and are therefore hard to open or close and doors that have bent out of shape and no longer close.

Our superior quality sliding screen doors are available in standard sizes as well as custom sizes. Its easy to replace a standard screen door and the temptation to run down to Home Depot to pick up the cheapest one is common, however the cheapest screen doors fall apart quickly, do not slide well and do not fit well.
On my own home I replaced the same screen door three times. I went to Home Depot and picked up the cheapest one and installed it and found that it was of unacceptable quality, so I took it back and picked up the more expensive one and found it was not any better, so I went back and purchased the most expensive door I could find there and still I was not happy with the materials it was made from; it had plastic wheels and was made from the same low gauge aluminum as the cheap one. After this experience I decided the only way to get a good quality door was to build it myself and have been doing so ever since. View Site

Building and Repairing Window Screens

Clear Choice Window Cleaning of Carlsbad is happy to offer tips for repairing and replacing window screens. If you have a screen that is in good condition but the meshing is torn, than it may only be necessary to replace the nylon mesh. This involves taking the old mesh out by pulling out the rubber seal, than stretching new screen mesh over the frame. This requires a little practice, the right tools and a method for achieving the right tension in the stretch (too much tension will bow the screen frame inward, too little will make pillowy folds that billow in the wind.) If the frame itself is damaged than it is best to replace it with a new screen.

Since windows come in all brands and sizes it is best to build a screen using the old screen as a guide. When you remove the screen from the window take note of how easy or difficult it is to remove. If the screen is very tight and hard to remove than it is a tad too tall or wide, if it pops out almost on its own it is too loose and needs more hight or width. You can make note of these dimensions and adjust them when you build a new frame.
There is a variety of screen frame material on the market, most are a varying gauge of aluminum. Tract homes in North San Diego County feature frames of a ubiquitous thin gauge aluminum that is easy to cut and generally easiest to work with. The advantage of this type of screen-frame is that it seats neatly in most window wells, but there are custom windows that it does not fit. Custom windows sometimes feature a very marginal recess for the screen to seat into. In order to properly square a frame in certain custom windows it will be necessary to use a high gauge aluminum material.

In addition to window cleaning Clear Choice offers screen repair and replacement service to North County San Diego. While cleaning windows we customarily remove and clean screens and make note of any that need repair or replacement. It is our aim to provide a comprehensive and cost effective service to each and every one of our valued customers.

Removing hard-water spots

Clear Choice Window Cleaning of Carlsbad would like to take this opportunity to write specifically about hard-water stains on windows. Hard-water is mineral laden water. Some minerals bond molecularly to glass. When water heavy in minerals evaporates it leaves behind minerals. Over time the minerals collect. This is seen on windows as a milky film or milky spots. Water from our local municipality is full of minerals, some naturally occurring and some added to kill bacteria. The common way that windows receive a buildup of mineral material is from sprinklers that spray directly onto glass. It is important to aim sprinkler heads so that they spray away from your building because hard-water deposits are not easily removed and will necessitate the cost of replacement if this matter is not addressed.

There are two methods of removing hard-water stains from glass. One is to employ a battery of noxious acid products that are difficult and dangerous to work with. Clear Choice has experimented with all of these products and has found a much more effective, non-toxic solution. Clear Choice employs a mild abrasive clay product that buffets away mineral deposits without harming the glass. Fortunately glass is a harder substance than the minerals that bond with it so they can be buffeted out if the damage is not too severe. There is much labor involved in this process but it is far cheaper than replacing a window. By this method windows with only moderate hard-water deposits come completely clean, heavily damaged (partially opaque) windows become greatly improved, while severely damaged windows (totally opaque) should be replaced. It is the aim of Clear Choice to save building-owners the expense of replacing windows by employing our tried and true method of hard-water spot removal in North San Diego County. Contact us and find out what you can do to save the windows of your commercial property or home.

Cleaning off Algae

After this long wet winter and recent coastal eddie you may be experiencing a bloom of green algae on your patio concrete, roof tiles, or even the north-facing exterior of your home. Green algae loves to hid in rain gutters, and if your rain-gutters have not been cleaned out, they have damp soil in them; a perfect ecology for algae. Clear Choice Window Cleaning of Carlsbad, CA. has been having great success removing green algae from residences in North County San Diego. We have found that the best way to remove green algae is to blast it away with a steady stream of water at high velocity. We employ the latest pressure washing technology to accomplish this. We safely clean entire roofs of algae to restore the tiles to their original color. When a blackened roof returns to its true, light red-clay color the transformation is remarkable.

I would like to offer a few tips regarding algae removal. It is important to do a thorough job of it. Algae will follow the course of water in its growth pattern so start from the crest of your roof and work downward. (by all means us a rope-anchoring system up there, for wet algae is mighty slippery). Make sure to clean out your rain gutters and wash all debris down your walls and off your concrete onto your lawn and landscape. Algae will not harm your grass or landscape for this is its proper home wherein it provides nutrients to your soil. Also the townships of North County San Diego forbid rinsing any material down storm drains even if it is organic. Use a powerful machine, but make sure the nozzle does not concentrate the water-jet too much; as the wrong nozzle attachment can cause damage.

This blog is about green algae because it is the most common type of algae growing in our area and it can be cleaned off. Be aware that there is a type of black algae that grows deep roots and does not come off. Black algae loves to root itself into stucco walls. In which case the best thing to do is power-wash it to remove all the organic matter that you can, kill it with stain-kill and paint over it. For black algae re-painting is the only solution, because it effectively cuts off the plant from its oxygen source. Clear Choice is proud to offer our competitively priced and experienced painting service.

Clear Choice’s competitively priced pressure washing service is an economical way to safely and effectively clean the entire exterior surface of your home. After which we will give you a discount price on cleaning your windows. For more information regarding our services and to contact us visit:

Spring Cleaning

One of the easiest ways to clean your home is to wash the windows. A clean home with dirty windows still looks dirty. If the weather is nice and the sun is trying to shine through why not clean all your windows and the window screens, vacuum the window tracts and brush off the exterior window sills. If you have the time and equipment and the knowhow and energy for the task than you might add this to your list of spring cleaning chores. Clear Choice Window Cleaning of Carlsbad, CA. is a family owned and operated company that has perfected the art of cleaning windows. We are an owner-operated business; which ensures that you get quality service. To better facilitate our customers needs we provide services such as: window screen repair and window screen replacement, pressure-washing and painting.

Window cleaning can be a tough job if your windows have not been cleaned in some years. It can be well worth hiring a professional if you have a large home or office and, or high windows. Here are a couple of tips I recommend for those shopping for a window cleaner. First, make sure you hire someone who carries insurance. Second, If you hire a local service you will most likely recieve better service and a better price. Third, find out if the company you call is owner-operated as this generally ensures that you get the best service.

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Pressure Washing

Clear Choice window cleaning in Carlsbad offers our Pressure-Washing (Power-Washing) service as a safe and effective way to clean the entire exterior of your house. Cobwebs, dirt, bird droppings, soot, algae and other material can build-up on the surface of your home, over time detracting from curb appeal. Blasting debris free from the top of the eves all the way down to the ground washes dirt away and makes new. If your house is really dirty this is a very dramatic restoration, yet simple and affordable. We can remove algae, lichen and moss that have accumulated on tile roofs as well as oil-stains on driveways. Pressure-Washing is also a necessary preparation for painting exterior surfaces. If you wish to carry your restoration further, Clear Choice is happy to offer our licensed painting service.

sealing leaking windows

Clear Choice Window Cleaning would like to say that it has been a joy to work with property management companies in North San Diego County. During this rainy spell we have been sealing leaking windows on the buildings we maintain with clear silicon. This is a painstaking task that involves running a bead of waterproofing caulk around the window to make it watertight. I have found a few common reasons why windows leak around the edges: wood-frames have a tendency to breakdown in the moist sea-air and they are prone to termite activity, also the sun breaks down the rubber stripping that seals glass in metal-framed windows; large pains of glass often get so hot in the summer that the rubber encasement warps. Re-Sealing windows involves applying a bead of clear silicon around all four edges and is a specialized task inherent in the upkeep of old commercial buildings. Of course we are always glad to re-seal a leaking residential window too. When caulking a window-frame it is important to be neat and precise. There is a measure of skill involved in doing the job right. Experience is important as well as having the right equipment and skill to access windows that are high above the ground. Based in Carlsbad, Clear Choice is a company that specializes in accessing hard to reach places. In addition to window cleaning it is our pleasure to seal windows, along with power washing and screen repair.

Interior Window Cleaning

The Cleanest Method of Cleaning Windows Indoors.
The stormy weather we have been having lately In San Diego County has prompted some of my customers to inquire about the methods Clear Choice Window Cleaning of Carlsbad employs to clean interior windows. Due to the muddy ground outside many people have just had their carpets cleaned and are concerned that their window cleaner could track in mud or drip onto the carpet as they wash windows indoors. I am quick to point out that a truly professional window cleaning service takes great pains to avoid tracking anything in from outdoors and has the skill and equipment necessary to avoid dripping on any interior surface. I would like to enumerate here on the checklist I run through before beginning my work on the inside of any home. It is a list I put my co-workers and Employees through before we start any job.
Number one. I examine my clothing to make sure my appearance is neat and clean. Usually I bring two pairs of shoes to any job. A pair of Shoes for inside the home: which are new, white, and never worn outside for any reason, and a pair for outside work which are never worn inside for any reason. I make sure I arrive in a clean pair of socks and keep extras in my truck because I often work inside without shoes. I find that working in a new clean pair of socks inspires the most confidence from homeowners and is just a polite way of entering home; I find that most people don’t wear shoes in their own homes.
Secondly, I examine all my equipment. Ladders, buckets, tools, towels and tool belts must be clean and completely free of debris. I always arrive to any job with clean towels and take time to wipe down my ladders, especially the feet of ladders and the bottoms of buckets to make sure that I don’t set anything dirty on the carpet.
Next, upon entering a home I work in a methodical direction so I do not have to backtrack or miss anything. I bring a high-powered portable vacuum with me to clean the sills, window-tracts and any cobwebs or flies that may have accumulated near the windows. I place a large towel beneath every surface I clean to catch any drips. I wring out my sponges and strip-washer in a bucket before every window to remove excess water and I keep my tools clean and in their watertight scabbards when not in use.
Last, I always clean the interior windows before I clean the exterior windows. This insures that I do not track anything in by going in and out. It takes a professional to work on every home in this manner because many windows have screens and access from the outside can by tricky. There is actually a fair bit of thought that goes into setting oneself up to work outside without having to go back inside to close a window or fit a screen back in its place.

Thirty five years of window cleaning

Clear Choice Window Cleaning has been serving San Diego County for ten years. Founded in 1999 our company expanded to form a partnership in 2007. Our senior partner has 35 years of window cleaning experience to his credit. He is a valuable member of our team and knows how to make customers happy. Clear Choice is a family owned and operated business, with a focus on quality work, competitive prices and excellent customer service. Clear Choice is a reliable service: showing up on time and always keeping its appointments. Our staff is the very best in the trade, friendly, safe, meticulous, they aim to please every customer. Clear Choice is neat and tidy about there work indoors and careful when they have to move furniture to access a window. Clear Choice residential window cleaning is largely a referral based business: we find our greatest advertisement to be the satisfied customer, and the quality of our work tends to be our best advertisement. Our residential service includes exterior window washing, interior window washing, screen cleaning and vacuuming tracts and window sills. Clear Choice window cleaning is member of the San Diego Better Business Bureau. Clear Choice is also a commercial window cleaning company. Employing the latest in d-ionized water-fed pole technology we can access hard to reach windows. Clear Choice specializes in competitive rates for large buildings, tall windows and regular scheduled cleanings. We offer frequent cleaning service to restaurants, store-fronts and office buildings. Clear Choice washes the windows of newly constructed homes, offices and commercial buildings, safely removing construction debris: paint-overspray, silicon and even stucco from windows and mirrors and we clean window frames upon request. Clear Choice offers a screen repair service, which includes rebuilding the frames of bent and broken screens and replacing torn screen material. Clear Choice also provides a Pressure Washing service which safely cleans the entire exterior of home or office. Our pressure washing service removes all debris from walls, eves, roofs, ceilings, walkways and driveways. Our pressure-washing methods allow us to clean oil stains, soot and other tough to clean material. Clear Choice Window Cleaning does its very best to schedule its customers in a timely fashion; we take calls and schedule appointments after regular business hours to make it easy for our customers to reach us. For more information visit site “>

Water Spots and Clouded Windows

Clear Choice Window Cleaning has observed that water-spots and beclouded windows are two common problems a homeowner comes across when cleaning their windows. If you have thoroughly cleaned a window inside and out and it still looks opaque than you might have water trapped between pane’s of glass. Most windows these days are dual paned; they are composed of two panes of glass with a pocket of gas sandwiched between. If you examine the edges and corners of a dual-paned window you will notice the space between each pain of glass. On some windows the space between the interior pane and the exterior pain is only a fraction of an inch, on others it is as much as an inch or more. To determine if you have dual pained windows consider three things, First if your home is relatively new it must necessarily have dual-pained windows because this is in keeping with modern building code. Secondly, the sliding portion of a window must be relatively light in order to move it back and forth in its track. If you look carefully at the edges and frame of your glass and determine the thickness of the entire window consider that if the whole composition were entirely comprised of glass it would be extremely heavy, probably too heavy to lift or easily slide back and forth. And third, you should be able to see internal rubber weather stripping between the panes and, or an internal spacing frame of plastic or aluminum.
What do duel pained windows have to do with a window that simply will not come clean. If the window in question looks cloudy, usually an opaque milky white, it probably has water trapped between the internal pane of glass and the external pane of glass. This happens when the airtight seal around the edges of the glass breaks down allowing moister to seep between the glass panes. Once between the glass the water has trouble getting out. As the sun heats up the glass the trapped water clouds, then as it cools, condenses again. This happens over and over again unless the em water is freed and the window is re-sealed. Clear Choice Window Cleaning Service of San Diego recommends replacing any windows with this problem as a sure fire solution to the problem. Try It is possible to draw the moisture out of the window by drilling a small hole in the glass and vacuuming the water out with specifically designed equipment but this does not solve the initial problem of preventing moisture from getting between the glass in the first place, i.e addressing the problem of a compromised seal.
What about a buildup of water-spots on the window? A buildup of water spots on a window that shows no sign of clouding is probably an external problem. Hard-water: water that is heavy with elements, deposits all its molecularly bonded material when it evaporates. These deposits bake onto the glass when it heats up in the sun because glass gets to very high temperatures in direct sunlight, these elements actually etch themselves into the glass. This is a typical problem that develops when tap-water, which is high in minerals and elements, consistently washes over glass. To determine if hard water is staining the external side of your window, first clean it, then rub your fingers across its external surface and then go inside and feel its internal surface. Compare how The interior of the window feels to the outside surface. A clean undamaged window should feel smooth to the touch. If the outside of the window feels rougher than the inside and there is obvious water spots that do not wash off no matter how much you scrub than they are indeed on the external surface of the glass.
Hard-water stains are most often caused by sprinkler systems. Clear Choice Window Cleaning Service also has a sprinkler installation devision: Clear Choice Irrigation of North County San Diego is well adept at offering an on the spot solution. Often a minor adjustment to a nozzle or moving a sprinkler head will solve the problem. The next thing to address is the window itself. Clear Choice Window Cleaning of San Diego does employ a method that safely removes hard-water stains, hard water spots, calcium and mineral buildup on windows and other glass surfaces such as shower-doors and mirrors. site “>